Episodes

May 03, 2021

Hive Types - Part 2: Top Bar Hives with Christy Hemenway (S3, E49)

We continue with our five-part series on hive types other than the standard Langstroth, with Christy Hemenway. Christy has been working with top bar hives for just over 14 years now and has developed a good sense of how they work. She started out...

April 26, 2021

Hive Types - Part 1: Flow Hive with Stuart Anderson (S3, E48)

This week, we start our multi-part series on hive types other than the standard Langstroth.  We start with the Flow Hive. In this episode, we talk with Stewart Anderson, who, with his son Cedar imagined and then created the Flow Hive,...

April 19, 2021

Dr. Samuel Ramsey - Varroa & Tropilaelaps Updates and More! (S3, E47)

Dr. Sam Ramsey is back with us again, looking at all sorts of questions than bother beekeepers, and working with smart kids and science! Sammy hasn’t not let any grass grow under his feet since he was forced to return home from his research in...

April 12, 2021

The Climate Change Impact on Bees & Floral Sources with Dr. Christina Grozinger (S3, E46)

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Christina Grozinger, from Penn State’s Department of Entomology. Her recent research and and plant growing season has confirmed many suspicions on the long term impact these changes have on all bees, both native...

April 05, 2021

2021 Asian Giant Hornet Update with Sven-Erik Spichiger (S3, E45)

In this episode, we have a return visit with Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Sven-Erik Spichiger, to see how our honey bees’ newest threat, The Giant Asian Hornet, did last season in the Pacific Northwest. The AGH was wildly...

March 29, 2021

The Honey Bee Health Coalition with Matt Mulica (S3, E44)

Meet Matt Mulica, Senior Project Director of The Honey Bee Health Coalition a group of more than 50 organizations who have come together to implement solutions to achieve a healthy population of native and managed pollinators. These include...

March 22, 2021

The 2021 Almond Season & Indoor Wintering with John Miller (S3, E43)

John Miller is a based in Gackle, North Dakota and New Castle, California.  His family has been keeping bees since 1894. Their season starts each spring when John and his sons take their bees to the almond orchards in Central California. In this...

March 15, 2021

Russian Honey Bee and EAS Updates with Dan Conlon (S3, E42)

In this episode, we invite Dan Conlon back to learn how the Russian Honey Bee Program is progressing, since now is the time to consider trying packages, nucs or queens for the coming season. Arguably, Russians are the most tested breed of honey bee in...

March 08, 2021

Research for Hire with Jessie & Bobby Louque (S3, E41)

Today, we talk with Jessie and Bobby Louque, of Louque Agricultural Enterprises.  Testing the interactions of pesticides and honey bees is what this company does on a daily basis. They have combined their passion for bees with their passion for...

March 01, 2021

Boris Baer - Center for Integrative Bee Research (S3, E40)

Our guest this week is Boris Baer, Professor of Entomology at UC Riverside. Boris is the recent recipient of a $900,000 grant from the University of California’s Office of the President.  He is the Principal Investigator of a four-campus...

February 22, 2021

Steven Coy - APHIS and Chinese Tallow (S3, E39)

Steven Coy, Executive Board Member of American Honey Producers Association  returns to the podcast. This time, he discusses the USDA-APHIS call for comments on the elimination of the Chinese Tallow Tree and the impact the elimination of this...

February 15, 2021

The Bee Squad with Bridget Mendel and Becky Masterman (S3, E38)

In today’s episode, we talk with Bridget Mendel and Becky Masterman of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab’s “Bee Squad”.  Dr. Marla Spivak created Bee Squad as an outreach group 10 years ago in the Twin Cities area to help local...

February 08, 2021

The Bee Corp with Ellie Symes (S3, E37)

This week we talk with Ellie Symes, CEO of The Bee Corp. We met Ellie at the recent Almond Growers virtual conference. With pollination hives in almonds renting for around $200 each, almond growers want to make sure they are getting good, strong hives...

February 01, 2021

Bee Downtown with Ben Dictus (S3, E36)

In today’s episode we talk with Ben Dictus, beekeeper for Bee Downtown.  The good people in the Bee Downtown organization have taken bees and beekeeping to a new level of education, promotion and opportunity. They have combined beekeeping and...

January 25, 2021

Kaylee Richardson - The Honeystead with Kirsten (S3, E35)

On today’s show, we chat with Kaylee Richardson, who runs the Farm on Quail Hollow and posts about her life as a modern-day homesteader @the_honeystead. She shares the nitty-gritty details of what it takes to produce most of your food from your own...

January 18, 2021

Return of the Regional Beekeepers - Winter Perspectives (S3, E34)

In this episode of Beekeeping Today Podcast, we reconnect with our beekeeping friends from Season 2, Episode 29. They come from across the country including Central North Carolina, North East Ohio, the western slope of the Rocky Mountains and the West...

January 11, 2021

The Importance of Propolis and More with Dr. Marla Spivak (S3, E33)

Marla Spivak is a honey bee researcher at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her work has covered a variety of subjects over the years including queen breeding and disease prevention and lately she has been working on the relationship of...

January 04, 2021

Two Queen Honey Production with Tom Theobald (S3, E32)

In this episode, we welcome back Colorado beekeeper, . Tom had a small commercial operation in Colorado in the late 70’s, running up to 200 or so colonies when he first started using two queen colonies. The biology of running two queens in a colony...

December 28, 2020

Holiday Replay: Dr. Sam Ramsey & The Varroa Mite (S3, E31)

On this special Holiday Replay, we bring back one of our favorite episodes from the first season, when we invited Dr. Sam Ramsey to the podcast to talk about the Varroa Mite. Sam Ramsey is a life long entomologist. His interests in all things insects...

December 21, 2020

Newfoundland's Varroa Action Plan with Dr. David Peck and Peter Armitage (S3, E30)

On today’s episode, we talk with Newfoundland beekeeper, Peter Armitage and Dr. David Peck, a Professor from Cornell University, David Peck.  Those of us south of the Canadian border tend to mispronounce the name of that big Island off the east...

December 14, 2020

Honey Testing - QSI America with Tobias Wiezorek (S3, E29)

is a Germany based company that is in the business of testing honey for anything. Their US lab in Corona, California is led by Tobias Wiezorek, and employs about 35 scientists looking at the biochemical, microbiology, chemical and pollen aspects...

December 07, 2020

Santa Cruz Bee Company's Emily Bondor with Kirsten (S3, E28)

In this week’s episode, guest host Kirsten Traynor speaks with Emily Bondor of the Santa Cruz Bee Co about how she manages her colonies and those of other beekeepers without chemical intervention. Emily discuss the types of losses beekeepers should...

November 30, 2020

Interviews with Beekeepers, Author Steve Donohoe (S3, E27)

Starting several years ago, Steve Donohoe wanted to find out more about beekeepers and how they kept bees. His travels took him to California, where he talked to Randy Oliver and Ray Olivarez, to Vermont to talk to Mike Palmer, then back the UK to...

November 23, 2020

Ernst Seed Company - Calvin Ernst with Kirsten (S3, E26)

Protecting pollinators and improving the habitat for honey bees often entails planting nectar and pollen rich plants. In this episode, Kirsten talks with Calvin Ernst, founder of , who has been deeply involved with growing native plants for over 50...